Customs intercept 3,000 shotgun cartridges in Ogun

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The Ogun Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday said that in the last three months, it seized 3,000 shotgun cartridges smuggled into the country from neighbouring countries.
The Area Controller of the Command, Mr Ade Dosunmu, made this known in Abeokuta while briefing newsmen on the activities and achievements of the command in the last three months.
He said that customs officials on patrol in Agosasa Area of the command intercepted an unmarked Honda CRV conveying the 3,000 high speed cartridges.
Dosunmu, however, expressed regret that the driver of the vehicle ran into the bush to escape arrest by officials on patrol.
He further said that the command also seized 392 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa, Indian heap valued at about 1.7 million naira in the period under review.
“We also confiscated 171 vehicles, 2,058 cartons of frozen products, 465 kegs of 25 litres vegetable oil, four drums and 112 kegs of 25 litres of petrol; and 567 bags of imported rice.
“Textile materials, second-hand clothes, shoes, towels, bags and bed sheets worth 11 million naira were also seized from smugglers,” he said.
The Controller, who disclosed that six out of eight suspects arrested in connection with various seizures had been arraigned, said that one had bagged two years jail term.
“Sometimes in the process of trying to stop the smugglers, they engage our men; we are ensuring that no life is lost,’’ Dosunmu said.
“I want to assure Nigerians that Customs would only partner with those doing their legitimate business. We’ll facilitate trade, but whoever is involved in illegal trading would be brought to book,’’ he said.

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